If your eyes feel healthy, it’s easy to assume they are healthy. However, many eye diseases don’t have warning signs. Additionally, your risk for some eye diseases increases with age. Fortunately, early detection and timely treatment can be successful and cost-effective in the long run.
Here are practical ways you can protect your vision:
- Get a regular exam. Complete eye exams consist of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases.
- Wear protective eyewear. When playing sports or doing a task that requires eyewear, wear glasses or goggles to prevent an eye injury.
- Put your shades on. Wearing sunglasses shields your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Don’t forget to put them on when you’re outside!
- Don’t smoke. Smoking can contribute to irreversible eye diseases, so quit or refrain from smoking to protect your eye health.
- Give your eyes a break. Staring at a computer screen for too long can cause painful eye strain. Try giving yourself a short break from looking at the screen whenever possible, or consider blue light-blocking glasses.
If you have concerns about your vision, talk to an eye care professional.